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Brewed by Carlow
Style: Irish Ale
Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow, Ireland
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 740   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A traditional light hop flavour balances the sweet malty caramel taste. The addition of a pinch of roast barley during the brewing process lends a distinctive roast bite which is balanced by a crisp dry medium bitterness.


1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2003
Gotta admit, this was a drain pourer for me. In my opinion, this beer tries to be too much (fruity, coffee, hoppy, malty and sweet) and it fails miserably. I would drink warm Blatz before ordering another one of these.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 31, 2003
Mmmmmmmmm. Pours a deep reddisn brown, with a small lacework of head. Aroma is malty and a bit bready, with a touch of hops. Flavor is reminiscent of an english bitter, with a bit of roastiness and something earthy. Very nice. Carbonation is low, providing a smooth drinkability and demanding another pint.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shag (2647) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 19, 2003
One would believe right off the bat that this would be leaps and bounds above Killians, well not really. Its very similar. Apperance is a little darker red to brown, faint head, probably more of a malty taste but still has a thin mouthfeel. Overall a pretty good Irish red but really only a hair above Killians.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2003
Color is a very dark red with almost no head. Flavor is indstanatly thin with a small amount of hops flavor. This is followed by a very small amount of malt flavor. Overall it's just tooo watery for my liking.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Terminus (3297) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAR 18, 2003
tap-pretty boring brew i must say. Being a hophead, im not into very malty brews. this one is all malt-i could not detect a hop in this one. overall, just plain boring.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2003
Clear red color with a medium head. Malt aroma with hints of apples. Nice crisp roasted malt taste with some caramel maybe even some vanilla. Finished dry and developed a sour aftertaste toward end of glass.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2003
Reddish-brown in color, tan head. Malty sweet nose. Medium to thin bodied, has a malty, somewhat caramel taste.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
heykevin (1277) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - MAR 14, 2003
Deep deep red color, with slightly oxidized hop aroma. Flavor -- malt is weak and watery, along with the funky slightly oxidized hop aroma equals a very forgettable beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JorisPPattyn (8095) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 9, 2003
Dark brown, with only a red shine. darkish head, lacy. Nose gives milk chocolate, like a sweet stout. Taste - this is like watered-down sweet stout. Flavour is certainly caramelmalts, very outspokenly. Daring taste, but I'd liked some hops. Very light-bodied, however, the coloured malts gives some mouthfeel. No new aftertaste. I'm surprised by this beer - it has a character I can't place. I'm even not certain whether I like it or not.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5758) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2003
Deep red appearance with a thin but heavily lacing head. A little thin on the palate - but a nice aftertaste. Detect a bit of caramel as the commercial description indicates. Aroma - not very strong - or distinct. Overall, an enjoyable beer - a bit complex - but have only had one other of the style - so hard to tell if this is a good representation.


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